A small team of hackers has figured out how to stream PC games to the Wii U GamePad, completely bypassing the Wii U itself. The hack was revealed for the first time earlier this week at the Chaos Communication Congress, where it was also shown how the hack was performed.
The hack is still in the proof of concept stage and very buggy, but it works. One of the games shown off on the GamePad was an emulated version of the GameCube’s Wind Waker. The PC version of Final Fantasy VII was also shown being played on the GamePad.
They’ve released their work as an open source project so that people can try it on their own. The group also claims to be planning develop tools for Windows and OSX to make it easier for others to perform the hack, along with an Android port, so that users can use tablets other than the Wii U GamePad.
This isn’t the first time hackers have found interesting uses for Nintendo’s unique hardware. The Wii remote has been used by hackers as everything from a mouse to an RC vehicle controller.
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